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Tis the season with the gift of holiday music. As you enjoy the musical selections from around the world, please accept our gratitude for your support of World Footprints over the years. We appreciate you inviting us into your home and for joining us as we embrace our common humanity. We wish you peace, love and joy (and lots of travel) and we look forward to sharing exciting journeys and inspiring interviews with you in the coming year.
The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of love and of generosity and of goodness. It illuminates the picture window of the soul, and we look out upon the world's busy life and become more interested in people than in things.
--Thomas S. Monson
...and to all...a good night.
Nialls Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, will take us on a historical journey through the Emerald Isles. Niall will introduce some of Ireland's lesser known stories, including the country's ancient monastic history and language heritage.
For Americans, the island of Cuba has been the forbidden fruit that many have desired to taste. Some Americans have risked the threat of jail and others have spent a small fortune to travel to the land where time has stood still. For photographer Jay Seldin, one trip to Cuba was never enough and now he has compiled hundreds of photos from years of traveling to the island in a powerful photo book called The Cubans.
Travel journalist Bijan Bayne recently experienced the explosion of Detroit, Michigan's revitalization and growth. He also ventured to port cities along Michigan's coastline and uncovered some interesting maritime history. Bijan returns to World Footprints to share what Detroit and adjacent mid-Michigan port cities have to offer to travelers who want to experience the rebirth of the "Big D" and Michigan's unique history.
World Footprints will tour Ireland with guide Will Collins who will take us on a well-rounded journey through the Emerald Isle. Will shares some of Ireland's culinary and sporting traditions as well as the country's interesting festivals, including a match-makers weekend, Ireland's history and historical figures.
Ireland's cultural influences are very rich and vast. Damien O'Brien, Cultural Director of Failte Ireland, tells us that the country's contributions to literature, gastronomy, science, sports and the arts have had a significant global impact.
Visitors to Ireland never lack for accommodations. There are many options from B&Bs, Manor Houses, castles and more to choose from. Michelle McGuire from Ireland Blue Book tells us that their association has an eclectic collection of properties that include a repurposed ice house and old Oriental Express train car. She will share some of the Blue Book collection including those that offer cooking classes.
Emmy nominated, Irish singer-songwriter, Michael Londra took a leap of faith in his early 30s when he decided to pursue his passion for music. Michael's courageous move lead him to leading theatrical roles in Dublin, the role of Bobby Kennedy in the world premier of "JFK" and later as the lead performer in the world tour of Riverdance. Today, Michael's life path has also lead him to using his celebrity to raise awareness about global poverty and the need for clean water.
We will also take a city break in Belfast and hear what the city is doing to honor it's Titanic ship history.
Singer/actress/author Gloria Loring joins World Footprints to talk about her music collaboration with son, R&B artist Robin Thicke, travel and her book, "Coincidence is God's Way of Remaining Anonymous". Gloria also dishes on her life past life as Liz Chandler on daytime's Days of our Lives.
Jazz artist Rene Marie credits many women, including Eartha Kitt, for her life's direction and musical influences. After her abusive husband of 23 years gave her an ultimatum to quit singing or leave--she chose to leave and begin her professional music career at the age of 42. Rene reflects on her life journey and how a trip to Germany helped her recognize humanity's common bonds.
According to Rockin' Dopsie, Jr., a person who doesn't feel the rhythm of Zydeco has no soul. We revisit an interview we did with Dopsie, Jr., aka the "Mick Jagger of the Marsh", during one of our many broadcasts from New Orleans' French Quarter Festival.
You'll also hear what Rio de Janeiro is doing to prepare for the Olympics and what the area has to offer to travelers at all other times.
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New Orleans has been the backdrop of many dark chapters in American history, but perhaps none so shocking as the slave rebellion of 1811. We will explore the history of America's largest slave revolt with author Daniel Rasmussen who organized his research in his book, American Uprising: The Untold Story About America's Largest Slave Revolt.
The New Orleans African-American Museum of Art, Culture and History, located in Faubourg Treme, is helping to keep the stories of America's oldest and continuous black community alive. Established in 2000, former executive director John Hankins tells us that the Museum has held the mission "to preserve, interpret and promote" the African American cultural heritage of New Orleans, with a particular empasis on the Treme community.
Le Musee de F.P.C. is a beautiful house museum that honors the legacy of New Orleans' Free People of Color. History will echo off the walls and along the wooden floor boards as we walk through this Greek Revival house in Upper Treme with Beverly McKinna.
The rich and varied culture of New Orleans is seen in its food, music, traditions and architecture. History professor, Dr. Mary Mitchell, says that New Orleans has its own rhythm and energy that is influenced by Africans, Native Americans and European settlers and she gave us a taste of New Orleans as we soaked up the world flavors in the French Quarter.
Birmingham, Alabama is considered ground zero in the civil rights movement. In the 1950s, African-Americans of all ages in Birmingham drew a proverbial line in the sand against racial segregation. Their stories, struggles and ultimate success over Jim Crow laws is on display at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in an effort to keep the stories of this dark chapter in American history alive.
Across the street from the Civil Rights Institute is the 16th Street Baptist Church where a 1963 bombing that killed four young girls changed the course of history in Birmingham and America. We will walk through this church that has, today, become a place to unify a community and people from all over the world.
Downtown Birmingham is the home to the Civil Rights Heritage Trail. Kelly Ingrham Park, also known as Freedom Park, was the staging area for many of the demonstrations that took place in Birmingham led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth and others. Today, Freedom Parkt is a sculpture garden that honors those who peacefully demonstrated.
We will revisit our conversation with jazz legend, the late Frank "Doc" Adams. He shared his music and life with us when we met him at the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame just weeks before his passing at the age of 86.
Photos: Tonya Fitzpatrick. All rights reserved.
We'll share stories about some of the Underground Railroad and a Destination Spotlight will shine on the Faukland Islands and Romania.
The City of Norfolk, Virginia is an important 400-year-old port city and home to the largest naval base in the world. But, surprisingly as a southern mid-Atlantic city, Norfolk also played a crucial role in the Underground Railroad as one of the last port stops on the road to freedom north. Much of this history is now being shared through Norfolk's self-guided Waterways to Freedom Tour that our guest, Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander from Norfolk State University helped to create.
Historian and author Debra Sandoe McCauslin has deep roots in Gettysburg and Adams County, Pennsylvania. We learned about her family history and, in our car ride with her along the Underground Railroad, Debra brought to life the voices of some fugitive slaves and the Quakers who helped them.
Lewiston, New York was the final stop for runaway slaves from the South who sought to cross the border into Canada to freedom. Once slaves reached Lewiston, locals helped them cross the Niagara River by boat or by foot when the river was frozen.
After the War of 1812, Canada's reputation as a safe haven for fugitive slaves grew because of the development of settlements like the Southern Ontario farming community of Buxton, formerly the Elgin Settlement. Buxton was one of four planned settlements for former and runaway slaves and its founder, Reverend William King, a white man, fought other white settlers to establish the area.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial lies along the center line of leadership that extends from the Lincoln Memorial to the Jefferson Memorial on Washington's National Mall. At 30 feet in height, the sculpture of MLK on the "stone of hope" is 11 feet talller than the statues of Lincoln and Jefferson.
In honor of Dr. King's birthday, we will revisit our coverage of the dedication of his Memorial in 2011. Over a decade in the making, October 16, 2011 marked the official dedication of this historic Memorial in Washington, DC and the 16th anniversary of the Million Man March. However, the original dedication date was set for August 28, 201, the 48th anniversary of King's "I Have A Dream" speech. But, an earthquake in the mid-Atlantic and the untimely visit of Hurricane Irene forced a delay in the official ceremony. Nonetheless, World Footprints covered all of the dedication events from August through October and today's show shares interviews from celebrities and news makers who participated in the celebrations. Ambassador Andrew Young, Lalah Hathaway, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Rabbi Israel Dresner, and former Secretary of State Madeline Albright will offer their thoughts and memories about Dr. King.
From the official dedication we’ll share music and remarks on the National Mall from Archbishop Desmond TuTu, Stevie Wonder and America's first African-American President, Barak Obama. From our perspective, watching President Obama walk past the Inscription Wall at the MLK Memorial to the dedication stage to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was incredibly powerful.
Veteran travel journalist David Yeskel has seen the evolution of Las Vegas over the decades. From its humble beginnings as "sin city" to the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas has survived the odds of a failing economy and multiple attempts to reinvent itself to become a burgeoning metropolis with 2 million residents. But the city has also maintained a small-town feel for its residents amidst the bright lights and glamour. David will offer a different perspective on Las Vegas as well as offer some essential travel tips that can maximize a visit to the city.
Jacksonville, Florida has its own take on sun and fun beyond the amusement parks. From beaches and parks to a compelling history and deep traditions, Jacksonville is full of surprises. Patty Jimenez of Visit Jacksonville takes us on an exploration of Jacksonville and its many treasures.
Wisconsin congers-up many images; most prominently, beer, brats and cheese but it is a quintessential American midwestern state. We met Kristina Rosenbergs and Carla Minsky at the Travel Media Showcase recently where they shared some some surprising and interesting things that Wisconsin has to offer.
The Czech Republic came into being after a non-violent democratic revolution in 1989 known as the "Velvet Revolution". This event subsequently dissolved the former country of Czechoslovakia and forced the creation of two new states--Slovakia and the Czech Republic. In the two decades since then. the Czech Republic has established itself as a destination that blends the old and the new in an eco-friendly country that offers something for everyone. Czech Tourism's Jiri Duzar joins World Footprints to share the history and treasure of the country known as "the land of stories".
World Footprints returns to New Orleans for our signature broadcast from Jackson Square for French Quarter Festival! During this broadcast we'll introduce you to All-Star musicians, Trumpeter Connie Jones and Clarinet player Tim Laughlin. Connie & Tim grace the cover of this year's French Quarter Festival poster. We’ll also hear from French Quarter Festival Executive Director, Marci Schramm, about the newest attractions that visitors will experience this year. As we all know, New Orleans is a foodie’s paradise and there is a new restaurant in town called Sylvain. We’ll have a chance to talk with the proprietor Sean McCusker about some of his hottest recipes and unique cocktail menu. In keeping the food theme going we’ll enjoy a conversation with Liz Williams from the Southern Food and Wine Museum.
At 100+ years old, Hakone Gardens is a National Trust and one of the oldest Japanese estate and gardens in the Western Hemisphere. In honor of its centennial, Hakone is celebrating its beginning and lasting endurance with multi-year events and activities. Historian and Hakone Foundation Board Member, Connie Young-Yu, shares the richness and history of this oasis that sits on the edge of Silicon Valley.
We'll examine the emerging trend of chocolate travel with travel writer and Chocolatour publisher, Doreen Pendgracs.
Speaking of wine...California has been a leader in developing and implementing sustainable programs in a number of industries, but most prominently in its winemaking practices. Allison Jordan with California's Wine Institute takes us on an excursion through the state's famous winegrowing regions and she offers the backstory behind their earth-friendly practices.
Lansing, Michigan has blossomed into a dynamic cultural center and the city has grown far beyond the small plot of land that European explorer Hugh Heward discovered while canoeing down the Grand River in 1790. Lori Lanspeary from the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau tells us why Lansing, home to Michigan State University, is much more than a college town.
Finally, we'll shine a destination spotlight on the Dominican Republic and Cabo San Lucas from the floor of the Adventure Travel Show in Washington, D.C.